Auburn Undercover's Phillip Marshall reported Thursday afternoon that Auburn may be interested in Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy ($) to fill its head coaching vacancy.
Auburn interested in Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundyauburn.247sports.com/Article/Coach-…— Auburn Undercover (@Auburn247) November 29, 2012
How interested is Auburn, and is Gundy interested in the Tigers? No one knows yet. Honestly, this news isn't all that surprising. In fact, it may be more surprising that we haven't heard Gundy's name mentioned until now. Gundy has done a nice job at Oklahoma State, turning the Cowboys into one of the best offensive programs in the country. The Cowboys have led the Big 12 in scoring in each of the last three seasons, averaging more than 40 points per game.
Auburn isn't the first school to have reported interest in Gundy this coaching-change cycle. Earlier this month, he was listed as a possible target at Arkansas, and, as expected, he refused to comment on the Razorbacks' job. Oklahoma State fans are getting nervous about the possibility that their once 40-year-old man could be in talks with other schools, but they tend to think he'll stick around at Stillwater, and with T. Boone Pickens backing the program, it's doubtful anyone would win a bidding war with the Cowboys for Gundy's services.
In his eighth year as Oklahoma State's head coach, Gundy is 66-34, including 38-27 in Big 12 play. In 2010 and 2011, his teams combined for a 23-3 record and a Big 12 title last season. Aside from those years, Oklahoma State has lost at least four games in each season under Gundy's watch. In 2012, the Cowboys are 7-4 with one game remaining in the regular season.